Category Archives: Walking the walk

The making of the super-duper Maggie shoulder cape

I wrote the post below eighteen months ago (February 2015, but didn’t publish it at the time because I hoped to develop the idea commercially. I had extended discussions with an equipment manufacturer, but the project didn’t ultimately come to … Continue reading

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Day 35, 20 May 2013, Finisterre to nowhere, 0 km

And so, on the thirty-fifth day, God gave us a lie-in, rest and relaxation, and all is good with the world (well, it’s very good in my world, and that is all that counts for today!) Ella and I purchased … Continue reading

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Day 34, 19 May 2013, Muxia to Finisterre 32 km

So, the last day began bright and clear and we left Muxia for our last day of walking. After a while on the road we were directed onto a lovely soft sandy path that led through more pine and eucalyptus … Continue reading

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Day 33, 18 May 2013, Dumbría to Muxia, 25 km

A good night’s sleep was not had by me at the pensión. Although it was a private room, I had to share a double bed with Ella and it was not at all relaxing, not helped by the fact that … Continue reading

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Day 32,17 May 2013, Maroñas to Dumbría, 22.5 km

Head in the sand worked for a while, and we set off in weak sunshine, which lasted for a few kilometres. And then, guess what? It rained, and rained. With various amounts of force, ranging from hard to very hard … Continue reading

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Day 31, 16 May 2013, Negreira to Maroñas, 20 km

The day started grey and continued that way until it turned black and started to rain. We ignored it for half an hour or so, until it couldn’t be ignored any more and we stopped to put on our rain … Continue reading

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Day 30, 15 May 2013, Santiago de Compostela to Negreira, 21 km

The day started dull but dry, but this state of affairs didn’t last long and before we had passed through the cathedral square I was stopping to put on my raincoat. We were very quickly out of the city and … Continue reading

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Day 29, 14 May 2013, Arca do Pino to Santiago de Compostela, 20 km

We set off fairly early and were soon walking through eucalyptus woods on nice soft earth. After a breakfast break we continued up and down several steep hills and eventually skirted the airport and were buzzed by a very low … Continue reading

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Day 28, 13 May 2013, Arzúa to Arca do Pino, 20 km

After retiring early to catch up on my sleep, suddenly the albergue was invaded by a huge party of bag taxi-ing ‘pilgrims’. The dormitory was in two sections and all of the section that I was in had settled down … Continue reading

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Day 27, 12 May 2013, Palas de Rei to Arzúa, 30 km

This will be a very short post because I am really tired and I need to try to get a decent sleep tonight. We left the very nice albergue this morning, walked through woodland for an hour and a half … Continue reading

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Day 26, 11 May 2013, Ferreiros to Palas de Rei, 33 km

I was very glad to leave the albergue this morning. Definitely not a shining example, although the kind hospitalera found me a bottom bunk to sleep in. Bottom bunks are obviously easier to get into, but I am always a … Continue reading

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Day 25, 10 May 2013, Triacastela to Ferreiros, 32.5 km

We had a good hearty meal last night of lentil and vegetable soup (I could easily have stood the spoon upright in the middle of the bowl, it was so thick) followed by home made tiramisu. We were joined at … Continue reading

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Day 24, 9 May 2013, La Laguna de Castilla to Triacastela, 26 km

I awoke with no aches today. My knee had behaved yesterday but my right hip was a bit uncomfortable. Nothing a couple of painkillers could not deal with. Today though I decided to go drug-free. In addition I had not … Continue reading

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Day 23, 8 May 2013, Villafranca del Bierzo to La Laguna de Castilla, 26 km

The day started badly. Firstly it was raining, only softly, but enough to warrant a raincoat. Ella was suffering badly with her poorly feet and the going was extremely slow. We set off on the road, alongside a river and … Continue reading

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Day 22, 7 May 2013, Molinaseca to Villafranca del Bierzo, 31 km

Today started grey and stayed that way. The first section of the walk was to the large town of Ponferrada, 8 km from our start point and all on road, albeit on very quiet roads with almost no traffic. But … Continue reading

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